Ofta mulls new licence award

22 Mar 2004

The Hong Kong telecoms regulator the Office of the Telecommunications Authority (Ofta) is proposing to issue a new licence from the vacated spectrum of two existing wireless concessions, when the licences expire in July and November 2005. According to Ofta the spectrum used by the two existing licensees – which currently operate CDMA and TDMA-based networks – could be more efficiently used under a single concession; it has therefore proposed that the existing licensees not be entitled ‘right of first refusal’. Ofta hopes the vacated spectrum will be taken up by a cdma2000-based operator, as Hong Kong does not have a wireless provider using this technology. Ofta proposes that the new licence be awarded in a similar manner to the country’s 3G concessions (ie. via a hybrid pre-qualification process and a subsequent auction).

Hong Kong